Your accord and harmonious love is a hymn to Jesus Christ. Yes, one and all, you should form yourselves into a choir, so that, in perfect harmony and taking your pitch from God, you may sing in unison and with one voice to the Father through Jesus Christ.
—Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Ephesians (c. A.D. 100) 4:1
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
What cannot be translated into prayer is bad theology.
—Jean-Jacques von Allmen, Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 119
There is no church without its cult [worship gathering].
—Jean-Jacques von Allmen, Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 283
Christian worship is the most momentous, the most urgent, the most glorious action that can take place in human life.
—Jean-Jacques von Allmen, Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 13
The true nature of the Church does not come from its structure or its catechesis, but from its worship. The Church is not an institution or an organism, it is a liturgical assembly. The Church is most clearly self-identified as the Church when it is gathered for worship.
—Ron Rienstra, Calvin Symposium on Worship 2018 (drawing on the writings of Jean-Jacques von Allmen)
The steering committee for the Biblical Worship Section of the Evangelical Theological Society announces a call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting in November.
The paper proposal period will open March 1 on the ETS website through March 31. Please choose “Click here to submit a proposal for an open section session or discipline specific session” when submitting your proposal and then “Biblical Worship (Open Session)” under “Paper Category.”
The Biblical Worship Section welcomes paper submissions from full members and PhD student members that focus especially (although not exclusively) on corporate worship and the biblical-theological foundations for the theology and practice of worship.
For more information about the Biblical Worship Section and to read papers from past annual meetings, visit our website: etsworship.wordpress.com.
“Is there enough Jesus in your service?”
—Ron Rienstra, Calvin Symposium on Worship 2018